Meet Our Team

At Kingsley Vet Hospital we pride ourselves on providing you and your pet with best available care. We do this by ensuring that our hospital and our staff are continuously upgrading our levels of expertise and utilising the latest equipment. We aim to go the extra distance when it comes to looking after you and your pets needs. We have long term veterinary and nursing staff who take pride in knowing you and your pet. 

Below is a short bio of each of our staff members.

 

  

Natasha Birt

Head Nurse (RVN)

Natasha Birt
My greatest passion is working with and helping animals. Even as a child growing up in rural Texas I used to always have animals, bring home injured wildlife or used to sneak on to my neighbour's farm to play with their animals. I have been vet nursing for over 20 years and I have been at Kingsley Vet since 2006. I have a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and an Associates Degree in Biology and am a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I have a special interest in Laboratory work and Pathology. At home, I have a husband and three furry children: cats by the name of Kira, Ginger, and Asha. Outside of animals, my interests include sewing and my work with a Star Wars Charity.


Bradie Barnsby

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Bradie Barnsby
Bradie is our new full-time nurse. She has a keen interest in animals having spent many years as a dog carer at a doggy daycare at K9-5. She is a certified vet nurse and she is bringing her love to animals to our client's pets. She is into fantasy books or comics and an AVID fan of Firefly and can be seen at local Sci-fi conventions soaking up fandom! She has two lovely cats and spends her free time dog walking for her neighbours.


Victoria Elix-Howell

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Victoria Elix-Howell
Victoria has joined us from Darwin to work during Jessica's Maternity Leave. She's a really cool gal with different hair every couple of weeks. She is a creative person and a welcome addition to the clinic. She is the mother of a cute little girl and much of her free time is spent having fun with her! She likes to sew and do various crafts!


Jess Jenkins

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Jessica Jenkins
I have always enjoyed working with animals and started volunteering/working at vets when I was 14. That means I have been nursing for half my life and have been part of Kingsley Vet since 2003. I have a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and am a Registered Veterinary Nurse. At home I have a menagerie of animals of just about every species: dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and fish and have kept ferrets, guinea pigs and rats in the past. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my husband, son and our two boxers.


Sue Costa

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Sue Costa
My association at Kingsley Vet started in 1995 and I have been the weekend nurse for the last 12 years. I hold an Advanced Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and Certificate IV Medical Technicians (Anaesthesia). I have been nursing for over 25 years and have a special interest in surgical nursing, small animal anaesthesia and critical care nursing.
Outside of work, I am a stay at home mum of four boys, one husband, 1 horse, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 guinea pigs. My hobbies include reading books and horse riding.


Ashleigh Cross

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Ashleigh Cross
I am a veterinary nurse at Kingsley Vet and I also do the dog baths on Saturday mornings. I have had a love and passion for animals from a very young age. My pets at home include 2 dogs and fish (I would have a horse in my backyard if I could). I have been volunteering in the equine industry for over 10 years and have done work experience at an equine vet and breeding centre. Coming to Kingsley Vet was a big downsize! I love the medical side, and I have gained so much knowledge and experience in the 8 years of being at Kingsley Vet.


Priscilla

Animal Care Taker

Priscilla (aka Bad Cat) - The Queen Of The Hospital

She is a cat with an attitude. Priscilla turned up one day in the Kingsley Shopping Centre carpark, and as we were concerned for her safety wandering around the carpark,  we took her in, and she has been a permanent resident at our hospital ever since. She has a constant battle with her weight and is on a perpetual diet. At almost any time of the day, she can be found curled up in her favourite basket in our office, keeping an eye on things.
Likes - food, bossing people and animals around, sitting on top of paperwork, giving you a "swipe" when it is least expected and going on Christmas Leave with her favourite boys.
Dislikes - diets, dogs and small children


  

Mike Gilmore

Practice Owner (BVMS)

Mike (married to Jane) has been a vet since 1987.

After graduation, he took up a position in Mandurah before moving to the UK,  where he gained experience in a variety of practices across the country. During this time he developed an interest in treatment and disease prevention in small animals as well as in a range of exotic species.

In 1993 he and Jane moved to Dubai to run a mixed practice, dealing with small and large animals in addition to exotic animals from private zoo collections. The practice also had a dedicated falcon and bird hospital. They moved back to Australia in 2002 and resumed management of Kingsley Veterinary Hospital, having purchased the practice in 1997. They both have a strong commitment to the clientèle and pets in Kingsley.

Mike is particularly interested in ophthalmology, orthopaedics and in the care of our older patients.  When not at work he is a keen mountain biker, diver and sailor. He is also passionate about environmental and sustainability issues.


  

Ronja Sonntag

Veterinarian (med.vet PhD)

Ronja joined the Kingsley Vet in 2016. She is originally from Germany and speaks several languages. She has a special interest in behavioural issues that affect our patients. Ronja enjoys the relaxed lifestyle of the Perth hills where she lives with her husband and two dogs Finley and Murphy. When she is not working Ronja enjoys taking her dogs for a bushwalk and playing volleyball.


  

Jane Page

Practice Owner (BVMS)

Jane (married to Mike) graduated from Murdoch University in 1986, after wanting to be a vet ever since she was old enough to know that a vet was an animal doctor.  She met Mike at university, and after graduating worked at a veterinary hospital based in Wanneroo for two years.  At that time Kingsley Veterinary Hospital was a branch practice of the Wanneroo clinic, so she worked at Kingsley when it first opened, and there are still some clients who can remember back to that time!

In 1988 Mike and Jane travelled to the UK where they worked as vets all over the UK, including in a large RSPCA clinic in London.  In 1993 they moved to Dubai for “two to three years”, but instead stayed on for almost ten years, and ended up managing the largest private small animal hospital in Dubai for about five years.  Clients included sheikhs with private zoos, dog and cat rescue groups, as well as ex-pats from around the world, which made life very interesting!  However in 2002, with two small children, the Perth lifestyle proved too attractive and they were lucky enough to be able to purchase Kingsley VH from Jane’s previous employer.  

Jane is passionate about providing first-class, compassionate care for her patients, working closely with the patient’s owners to deliver the best outcome for everyone. 


  

Deborah Powell

Veterinarian (BVMS)

Debbie graduated in 1985 from Murdoch University Veterinary School with first class Honours and worked at a busy multi-vet practice for 9 years. From then on she has worked part-time concurrently in several small animal practices in Perth while raising 3 children who had multiple sports and hobbies!

She has been part of the Kingsley Vet Practice team for about 15 years, during which time she also tried her hand briefly at teaching at Bentley TAFE and completed a Certificate in Japanese Language. She has a special interest in Client and Patient interaction as well as Soft tissue surgery.

Deb has 2 cats and an active kelpie cross with whom she can be seen pounding the concrete or at the dog beach in the early mornings, when not riding her racing bike.